(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The Clark will open its latest exhibition, Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art, on Saturday, January 29, 2012. Exploring the line between innovation and imitation, the exhibition features 50 prints and photographs that are both original works of art and repetitions of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and architecture created by other artists. The exhibition highlights the complex process of copying by studying replications of many rarely seen works from The Clark’s permanent collection, including those by Albrecht Dürer, Paul Cézanne, Eugène Delacroix, Rembrandt van Rijn, Roger Fenton, and Édouard Manet, among others.
The exhibition also marks the first public presentation of one of The Clark’s recent acquisitions, Jean Dughet’s series The Seven Sacraments. Copycat will be on view in The Clark’s Manton Research Center building through April 1, 2012.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Sonic Youth cofounder, singer, guitarist and songwriter Thurston Moore performs with his own band at Club Helsinki on Friday, January 27, 2012, at 9 p.m. Rated in the upper reaches of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, Moore’s concert comes on the heels of his critically lauded 2011 solo album, Demolished Thoughts, produced by Beck.
His fourth solo album, Demolished Thoughts was recorded in Los Angeles and Northampton, Mass., which Moore calls home. The mostly acoustic album features haunting anthems with spacey soundscapes by Beck and brooding violin accompaniment by Samara Lubelski. Moore layers his acoustic guitars for a symphonic effect, and his melodies and unusual chord changes are reminiscent of his work with Sonic Youth, one of the most influential rock groups of the last 30 years.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – C. Ryder Cooley will bring her fully staged “extinction” cabaret XMALIA to the Venable Gym at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) as part of the MCLA Presents! series on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The 70-minute show will feature a series of musical vignettes about vanished creatures as told by a lonely musician – played by Cooley – who “summons” extinct animals back to life. Musical instruments in the performance include a six-string ukulele and singing saw, autoharp, electric guitar, upright bass and percussion.
XMALIA is the second performance in Cooley’s ongoing series called Animalia, which was presented at MCLA two years ago. XMALIA is a multi-media performance that combines live and recorded music, taxidermy, video projections, and aerial and ground-based movement.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – MASS MoCA’s Thursday night documentary film series kicks off with Crime After Crime, an Official Selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, on January 26, 2012, at 8 p.m., as part of the Cinema Lounge series in Club B-10. The film follows the case of Deborah Peagle, incarcerated for over 26 years, and two young attorneys who chose to challenge her wrongful imprisonment.
At age 15, Peagle met Oliver Wilson, a seemingly generous and respectable young man. It soon became clear that he was ill-intentioned when he forced Peagle into prostitution and physically and psychologically abused her. She made multiple attempts to escape but would always be violently dragged back by Wilson. After years of his exploitation and subsequent death threats, she sought protection from men who had helped her in the past. These men went after Wilson, ultimately killing him.
(LENOX, Mass.) – Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club will host an art tour and reception on Saturday, January 28, 2012, from 4 to 6 p.m, featuring works by photographers and ceramicists represented by Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Stockbridge, as well as by Marilyn Kalish, artist and owner of Vault Gallery in Great Barrington, and Andrew DeVries, sculptor and owner of DeVries Fine Art International Inc. in Lenox.
Sohn Fine Art Gallery artists on exhibit are John Atchley, Kevin Sprague, Monika Sosnowski, Iramri Nacht, Terrry Rosen, Patrick Barry, Mona Mark, Stephen G. Donaldson, Sabine Vollmer von Falken, Martin Green, Kevin Green, Yvette Lucas, Peter Neff, and Fran Forman.
The tour will be led by photographer and Sohn Fine Art Gallery owner/curator Cassandra Sohn and will begin in Meadowview (directly across the main entrance to the resort), continue on to the Mansion, and end in the Spa with a wine and cheese reception.
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(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Panoptica, an exhibition of oil paintings by Ann Getsinger, opens on Friday, January 27, 2012, at the new Hillman-Jackson Gallery located in the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock College. An opening reception for the artist will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, and a gallery talk will be held on Thursday, February 2, at 11 a.m.
The ten oil paintings in the exhibition, each four feet high by three feet wide, form a circle connecting the changing light of day to the seasons and weather of a year. The foreground of each painting is dominated by a still life, each built on a different idea. The forms create a visual narrative that contrasts human and natural cycles. Each painting is stand-alone complete while at the same time integral to the whole.